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    Clinton announces Haiti reconstruction projects


    by ODN


    Former US President Bill Clinton has visited Haiti to crystalise the reconstruction work in the country.

    A special recovery commission, co-chaired by Clinton and Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, announced more than $1.6 billion in projects to rebuild earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

    The projects include programmes to help rebuild Haiti's shattered health and education sectors, were announced at a meeting of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission in the capital Port-au-Prince, officials said.

    The commission is tasked with determining which reconstruction projects are to receive backing from multibillion-dollar funding pledged by foreign donors.

    Following the devastating January earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people in the impoverished Caribbean state, foreign governments, multilateral bodies and non-governmental groups from around the world in March pledged $9.9 billion for Haiti's reconstruction, $5.3 billion for the next two years alone.

    Clinton said part of his job on this trip was to develop a plan to make sure donors gave the funds they had pledged.